Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE coffee. Not just any coffee, it has to be a nice Bold Cupa Joe! I love my french press and it makes me a perfect cup every morning. So since I have this love (some say obsession) for coffee, of course I had to incorporate it into my soap.
I have added coffee grounds to soap before as an exfoliator, but this time I wanted the whole thing, brewed coffee and the grinds. So I got out my French Roast coffee (freshly ground, of course!) and made a pot. Now it was very tempting but I refrained from drinking any. After cooling it in the fridge I added the lye. Let me just say, "Ewwwww." I know lye creates some interesting reactions but I wasn't expecting this. As it was cooling it got a thin sludgy film on top and it had a very unpleasant smell. My poor coffee!
After I got over my disgust everything else went smoothly. The sludginess (is that a word?) went away after a little stir with the stick blender. And I added some ground coffee and cornmeal at trace to boost up the exfoliation. The revolting scent has gone away now that it has been curing for a few weeks. It actually was pretty much gone after 24 hrs. I haven't tested it yet, but it should make an excellent kitchen/gardeners soap.